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RATIONAL BEHAVIOR: The notion that people make decisions based on the desire to obtain the greatest amount of satisfaction. Rational behavior essential means that people prefer more to less. The presumption of rational behavior underlies most economic analyses, especially those applied to consumer demand theory.

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This table is a demand schedule presenting the relationship between demand price and quantity demanded.

Assumptions:

  • Ceteris paribus factors do not change.
  • Data is for a specific time period.
Observations:
  • First, higher prices go with lower quantities demanded-the law of demand.
  • Second, the prices and quantities are maximum values.
  • Third, demand is the whole set of price/quantity pair numbers. Quantity demanded is any single number at the specified price.
  • By the way, these numbers are hypothetical.

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TOTAL COST AND MARGINAL COST

A mathematical connection between marginal cost and total cost stating that marginal cost IS the slope of the total cost curve. This relation between total cost and marginal cost is also seen with total variable cost. The slope of the total variable cost curve is marginal cost, as well. The relation between total cost and marginal cost is but another in the long line of applications of the total-marginal relation.

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